Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island (Updated & Revised by Tim Leadem

By Tim Leadem

Vancouver Island bargains probably the most dazzling sea coast within the Pacific Northwest. This definitive advisor covers each significant coastal hike at the west coast of Vancouver Island, from the distant seashores of the Juan de Fuca Marine path to the surf-swept shore of Cape Scott. incorporated are the preferred West Coast path, which positive aspects 50 miles of the main breathtaking and significant mountaineering at the continent, easy-to-navigate trails throughout the lovely old-growth woodland of the Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park, the rugged, distant Nootka path, Wild Pacific path, with its white sand shores, and so on.

Complete information on making plans the journey, attending to and from the trailheads, and selecting the main scenic campsites make this an integral advisor for each Northwest hiker. For this revised variation, writer Tim Leadem retraced trails altered by means of fresh windstorms to provide hikers with the main updated info on hand.

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A lightweight stove that burns white gas (naphtha petroleum) and has a pump system is thus an essential item on your equipment list. Be sure to bring enough fuel. Most hikers warm up some hot water in the morning for tea or porridge. Remember that dinners take longer to cook than other meals. Estimate your fuel consumption for the number of meals you will be cooking, then add extra fuel to be sure you will not run out. The larger the group size, the larger the number and size of pots you should take along.

T i d e ta b l e s : Zone 11. Use Port Renfrew tide tables for the southern half of the hike and Bamfield tide tables for the northern end. 7 miles) · time: 4–5 hours · rating: 4 c. 5–2 hours · rating: 2 c ii All on inland trail. 3 miles) · time: 3–4 hours · rating: 2 c ii Cable car across the Klanawa River. Very scenic. 5 hours rating: 2 d ii Rough in parts but the beach is beautiful and deserted > acc e s s a n d p e r m i ts Trail permits are required for all overnight stays on the West Coast Trail between May 1 and September 30.

M. m. You should drive with your headlights on at all times. Remember also that logging roads are not well-maintained highways. You should expect to encounter blind corners, potholes and other hazards. No overnight camping is permitted on companyadministered forestland except at designated camping sites. Access to the Pachena Bay trailhead starts about 5 kilometers (3 miles) before Bamfield along a short branch road to the left o¤ the main road. There is a sign for the West Coast Trail at this location.

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